It rained heavily. Therefore the football match...

Carolee

Member
Chinese-Hong Kong
" It rained heavily. Therefore the football match was cancelled. "

May I ask, is it a must to put a full stop prior to " Therefore" of the second sentence ? ( sample attached )

Thank you very much.
 

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  • cointi

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Most grammarians will tell you that 'therefore' shouldn't act as a conjunction joining two independent clauses.

    It rained heavily, therefore the football match was canceled. :cross:

    But it is okay to say:

    It rained heavily; therefore(,) the football match was canceled.:tick:
    It rained heavily and(,) therefore(,) the football match was canceled.:tick:

    Commas are optional.
     
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    Carolee

    Member
    Chinese-Hong Kong
    Thank you very much Cointi for your advice. I remember a " ; " should be there before the " therefore".

    One more question : can I call it wrong - " It rained heavily. Therefore..... " - the full stop and capital letter " T " as my sample shown ?

    Thank you.
     

    cointi

    Senior Member
    Polish
    I'm not sure if I understand. Your original sentence ("It rained heavily. Therefore the football match was cancelled.") is fine. Why do you think it's wrong?
     

    cointi

    Senior Member
    Polish
    No, not necessarily.

    Some people eat a lot. Consequently, they gain weight.
     
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